According to U.S. News and World Report's annual list of the best schools, three local schools received "silver" medals in 2014.
In Murrieta Valley Unified School District, the following schools received a nod from the publication (click on the links to learn more):
- Murrieta Valley High School- Ranked #260 in California, and #1191 nationally
- Vista Murrieta High School- Ranked #277 in California, and #1294 nationally
- Murrieta Mesa High- Ranked #307 in California, and #1397 nationally
The rankings were calculated by looking at student performance on state-mandated standardized tests, evaluating how effectively schools educated black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students, and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.
The entire district's ranks can be found here: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/california/districts/murrieta-valley-unified-school-district